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Lead poisoning is a serious problem that can lead to adverse health problems. In children, high levels of lead can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, behavioral and learning problems, slow growth, and hearing problems. In adults, lead poisoning can cause reproductive problems, high blood pressure, digestive problems, nerve disorder, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain.
Lead poisoning is especially a problem in cities with older buildings. Typically, lead is present in the paint from older buildings, in the water supply, and in the environment from cars and buses. Preventing lead poisoning in large cities, where there is such widespread possibility for exposure is both difficult and expensive. Federal programs have attempted to address this problem.
Lead poisoning is also an issue that buyers and sellers need to consider. Houses that were built before 1978 probably have paint that contains lead. Federal law requires that sellers disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts must include a federal form about lead-based paint in the building. Buyers will have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards and are likely to stipulate corrections.
The information provided by the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors® Corporation is compiled from miscellaneous sources and neither the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors® Corporation, nor the Listing Broker, nor its Agents or Subagents are responsible for the accuracy of the information. The information provided by the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors® Corporation is for its Participants, Participants\' Associates and Subscribers only and is not intended for usage by the public. Under no circumstances should the information contained herein be relied upon by any person in making a decision to purchase any of the described properties. Multi-List users should be advised and should advise prospective purchasers to verify all information in regard to the property by their own independent investigation and, in particular, to verify, if important to them, room sizes, the square footage, lot size, property boundaries, age of structures, school district, flood insurance, zoning, restrictions and easements, fixtures or personal property excluded, and availability of water and sewer prior to submitting an offer to purchase the property.